A new low: Officials in Georgia have sent police officers to challenge Black voters’ registrations. This is why we need the Voting Rights Act.

In Shelby County v. Holder, the Supreme Court gutted key voter protections and opened the door to racist laws like strict Voter ID. Congress must restore the VRA immediately.

SIGN THE PETITION: In the three years since the Voting Rights Act was gutted, racist attacks on the right to vote have become all too common. You must immediately pass the Voting Rights Advancement Act to restore critical protections against voter suppression.

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This is outrageous: officials in a Georgia county have sent police officers to citizens’ homes, not because they committed any crimes, but to challenge their right to vote!

According to the New York Times, last year Hancock County, Georgia, officials required more than 180 Black voters in the town of Sparta to appear in court and prove their residence -- or lose their right to vote, as many already have. By all outside appearances, such tactics were designed to keep Black voters from electing the candidate of their choice.

The terrifying precedent this sets is bigger than one election. Imagine a police officer showing up at your door to deny your right to vote. Worse, they’re putting the burden of proof on YOU, forcing you to show up at a court hearing to get your rights back.

It’s easy to see how this kind of intimidation could cause voters to stay home in November. And since these anti-voter tactics often target communities of color, they distort and weaken our democracy.

If we still had the Voting Rights Act, Hancock County officials would have had to get approval from the Department of Justice before they moved forward with their scheme.

But in 2013, the Supreme Court said the VRA's protections weren't needed anymore. Now, racist attacks on the right to vote across our nation are proving the highest Court in the land is wrong.

It’s clear we need to reinstate the Voting Rights Act’s protections against this kind of egregious voter suppression. Call on Congress to pass the Voting Rights Advancement Act today and restore these critical protections that ensure every American has a voice at the polls.

SIGN THE PETITION: In the three years since the Voting Rights Act was gutted, racist attacks on the right to vote have become all too common. You must immediately pass the Voting Rights Advancement Act to restore critical protections against voter suppression.

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